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What Parents are saying...

Agata Dressler - Parent

My 18-year-old son has been with the club for two years now and he has enjoyed every moment of it. Aikido threw him, literally and mentally:) The sensei are the nicest people you could wish for in a sports environment. They're passionate, humble and so enthusiastic about what they are teaching which benefits the students to a great extent. My son joined the group with no martial art experience and has been inspired to work harder with every class and not be concerned with the reward but with the progress and advancement. Students are always put first in Keith's classes and stretched with a view to making them better. Thank you for all you do because it's beautiful!:)))))

Suzanne Keogh Coffey - Parent

We can't recommend this Dublin aikido club enough. Our Boy joined in February this year and from the moment he walked through the door both us and Jake were made feel very welcome. Jake is a very shy kid and we were hoping this would make him a bit more outgoing and build his confidence. Keith, Pam and Jer are brilliant with the Children and in return they have gained their respect. We were amazed at how helpful and friendly each of the children were to each other. As others have said it's like an extended family with lots of older Brothers and Sisters from the Youth group too. Jake loves coming each week and we can see how much more confident he has become in such a short time. 

Ian Curtis -  Parent

My son joined Dublin Tomiki Aikido in January 2016. He loves going training and from the beginning was made to feel a part of the club by the instructors and all the other kids. The kids class is the best kids martial arts class I've seen. I can't praise Keith, Pam and Jer enough for being great with the kids. With a constant flow of positive praise and instruction the class is both fun while still delivering the fundamentals and intricacies of Aikido. I really would recommend it to anyone interested in Aikido or martial arts in Dublin. 

Liam Harris - Parent

Have two sons aged 15 and 7 attending this excellent Dublin Aikido class run brilliantly by Keith and Pam with the ever present assistance of Jer which is greatly appreciated by all. The class is a great mix of fun and great Aikido and the dedication that the Sensei give is shown by how successful, and ever expanding this group of eager young Aikidoka are. They really are champions but always prove it as well. If you have any kids, you could find no better discipline mixed with great fun and socialising than with Dublin Tomiki Aikido. 

Karen Monks Hynes - Parent / Student

I have a 10 year old boy and a 7 year old girl attending the Aikido classes since August 2013. The kids love it and it's the first activity they have both stayed in. The instructors are fantastic people and all the kids love them. It is a great activity to learn discipline, meet new friends and gain confidence. The Aikido classes are very well structured and the one-on-one learning technique means that the children are interested from start to finish of every class! I would recommend this Aikido class to anyone in dublin with children or teenagers and even adults. Fantastic classes! 

Maggie Eastwood - Parent

I have 3 boys aged 17, 14 and 8, they joined in September and October of 2013, they really enjoy Aikido and are already making brilliant progress. They have made so many new friends and become part of a great competitive Dublin aikido team. They have travelled to Belfast and England for seminars and competitions.... Really recommend sending your children and getting involved yourself.... I too have made new friends and love dropping the boys down... Keith and Pam always make everyone very welcome, brilliant friendly atmosphere.... Really worth trying it out.... 

Von Ryan - Parent / Student 

In March (2013) I stumbled across Dublin Tomiki Aikido while scouting for suitable martial arts classes for my two girls.

One of the first things I was looking for was a club that had established policies regarding children, their safety and protection. I was happy to see that all instructors and coaches are Garda vetted and have undertaken a course in Code of Ethics for Young People in Sport. Secondly that all instructors Dan grades could be verified independently and that they were qualified coaches. Finally; that the instructors were balanced individuals with a friendly manner. With all of this in place.. it was a bonus to learn that the chief instructor is also an education professional (a second level school teacher and counsellor).

UPDATE:..(2016): Over the past three years I have seen my girls confidence grow, including their ability to focus, listen and learn, a key part of the Aikido dojo discipline which has fed into their behaviour at school and at home. Both of the girls were a bit undecided at the start, but the club instructors easily won them over. As well as having a lot of fun over the last three years they have progressed in the art, discovered new abilities, grown in confidence, made new friends, competed sucessfully and both renain eager for every class. Can't recommend highly enough.

Its worth mentioning that the club also welcomes and encourages guardians/parents to participate where they can, including becoming adult members. With a comprehensive adult and junior Aikido training programme it's really a club that the whole family can share and enjoy.

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